Best Volunteer Programs in Ecuador in 2024!

IVI have a NEW location… Ecuador! Focusing on medium to long-term volunteering and in particular, wildlife and conservation programs, there are so many reasons why you should look at volunteer programs in Ecuador.

Working with a local non-profit who provide either homestay or volunteer house accommodation, and meals, along with local assistance, the programs are hugely valuable and make such a difference in the local community.

Why should you volunteer in Ecuador?

Volunteering abroad in Ecuador can be a rewarding and enriching experience for several reasons:

  1. Cultural Immersion: Ecuador is known for its rich cultural diversity, with a blend of indigenous, mestizo, and Afro-Ecuadorian cultures. Volunteering provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in this vibrant cultural tapestry, fostering a deeper understanding of the local way of life.
  2. Environmental Diversity: Ecuador boasts incredible biodiversity, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Galápagos Islands. Volunteering in conservation projects allows you to contribute to the preservation of these unique ecosystems and gain hands-on experience in environmental sustainability.
  3. Language Learning: Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, and volunteering offers a chance to improve your language skills in an immersive environment. This can be particularly beneficial for students or professionals looking to enhance their language proficiency. Most programs do require a basic level of Spanish.
  4. Community Development: Many volunteer opportunities in Ecuador focus on community development projects, as well as the environment and local wildlife. By contributing your time and skills, you can make a positive impact on local communities, whether through education, healthcare, infrastructure, or other initiatives, as well as provide valuable assistance to deforestation effects on the country.
  5. Personal Growth: Volunteering abroad often pushes individuals out of their comfort zones, promoting personal growth and self-discovery. Adapting to a new culture, working with diverse groups of people, and facing challenges can lead to increased resilience and a broader perspective on life.
  6. Global Perspective: Experiencing Ecuador’s social and economic challenges firsthand provides a global perspective on issues such as poverty, education, and healthcare. This exposure can inspire a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and a better understanding of the interconnectedness of our world.
  7. Networking Opportunities: Volunteering abroad allows you to connect with like-minded individuals, both locals and fellow volunteers, creating a valuable network that may extend beyond your time in Ecuador. These connections can be beneficial both personally and professionally.
  8. Adventure and Exploration: Ecuador offers a range of outdoor activities, from hiking in the Andes to exploring the Amazon rainforest. Volunteering provides a unique opportunity to engage in these adventures while contributing to meaningful causes.
  9. Making a Difference: By volunteering, you have the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether you’re teaching, providing healthcare services, or participating in conservation efforts, your contributions can leave a lasting legacy in the communities you serve.

Top Volunteer Programs in Ecuador

Wild animal clinic and rehabilitation


The wildlife rescue centre is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered wildlife, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing these animals into their natural habitats, thus preserving their freedom.

Min Duration: 12 weeks

Price: from $1600

Galapagos islands conservation


Carry out reforestation efforts on San Cristobal Island, utilising endemic, and native plant species in both rural and urban areas. We aim to achieve this goal through the collaborative efforts of international, individual, or group volunteers, as well as local families.

Min Duration: 3 weeks

Price: from $600

Jungle Conservation


This program is tailored for genuine nature enthusiasts seeking an eco-adventure and who are open to embracing the modest accommodations provided within the project. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the jungle environment.

Min Duration: 1 week

Price: from $300

Kindergarten Education


Community centres are welcoming and respectful environments that foster the psychomotor, social, emotional, and overall development of children aged six months to three years, with support from community care assistants.

Min Duration: 12 weeks

Price: from $1300

Boys youth drug and alcohol support


Assist male adolescents aged 12 to 17, dealing with substance abuse issues, specifically involving drugs and alcohol. Services include psychology, general medicine, social work, pedagogical instruction, nursing, spiritual therapies, occupational therapies, recreational activities, and personal development experiences.

Min Duration: 12 weeks

Price: from $1300

Special needs support for kids & teens

Special needs in Riobamba

Help to provide assistance to schools and programs in various cities across Ecuador. These schools are dedicated to delivering education, as well as offering emotional support, psychological counselling, and rehabilitation services to help children and adolescents with motor skills challenges to unlock their full potential.

Min Duration: 12 weeks

Price: from $1300

English teaching support

school kids ecuador

Volunteers play a supportive role by aiding teachers and students with tasks such as improving pronunciation, reviewing homework assignments, assessing exam and test results, reading texts aloud, conducting engaging English warm-up activities

Min Duration: 5 months

Price: from $2100

Animal rescue centre


This small animal rescue centre, situated in Macas within the Morona Santiago province. The centre’s commitment is to ensure that the rescued animals enjoy suitable living conditions and environments conducive to their mobility. We strive to replicate their natural habitats to facilitate their rehabilitation.

Min Duration: 4 weeks

Price: from $650

Animal shelter & care


The shelter provides refuge for a diverse range of wildlife, including margays, penguins, blue-footed boobies, tapirs, buffalo, deer, ostriches, yamalas (dwarf deer), cuchuchos, a wide variety of bird species, alligators, peacocks, turtles, and more.

Min Duration: 4 weeks

Price: from $600


We hope you can join us in Ecuador in 2024 and beyond! Such an exciting and adventurous country to explore with some really meaningful programs to choose from. For more info please see here:


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